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Is a slightly unstable stance good on the line?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Bushmaster1313, Jul 6, 2010.

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  1. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

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    Many sports cars have rear wheel drive because the instability helps with the turns.

    Does it make any sense to have a slightly unstable-leaning forward-on the balls of the feet stance at the trap line just before calling pull??
     
  2. Bob Schultz

    Bob Schultz Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    I remember in High School my coaches always taught an "Athletic ready" position. Feet shoulder width, knees flexed a bit (not locked back), weight on the inside of the feet ever so slightly forward. Works for trap shooting too...

    I do however lean a bit forward with 60% of my (considerable) weight on the front foot. I find this allows me a better pivot from the hips. Harlan Campbell teaches moving your body with the target from the feet up. Listen well Grasshopper, he knows what he is talking about.

    Unstable is not good. Balanced and ready is. Good luck.

    Bob Schultz
     
  3. goose2

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    I have a very bad back and I find that a slightly wider than shoulder width helps me be a little more stable.
     
  4. Pull & Mark

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    Bushmaster, listen to Bob here Harlen and Todd Bender both teach the same thing. The best in Trap and the best in Skeet would be the ones to listen to. Can you drive a golf ball?, throw a bowling ball?, or do battle in Karate? when you are out of balance. Remember Karate Kid, balance no good Karate no good, lesson good for all of life. Stay Balanced, Eye on target and Break-em all. Jeff
     
  5. midalake

    midalake Well-Known Member

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    NO



    GS
     
  6. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    Can't think of a time when you would want an unbalanced stance.
     
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    I shot on a squad with a guy who used an unbalanced "balls-of-his-feet" stance and depended on the recoil to keep him upright. On a straightaway his gun failed to go off and he lost his balance, toppled forward onto his knees taking out the voice call and jamming his muzzle into the grass in the process.

    MK
     
  8. phirel

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    An unstable stance is not good, but an unstable mind on the line seems to be typical.

    Pat Ireland
     
  9. Bob Schultz

    Bob Schultz Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    Pat,

    You are letting out our secrets again...

    Bob
     
  10. hmb

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    If a slightly unstable stance is good, then a very unstable stance should be better. HMB
     
  11. Unknown1

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    Now there's an idea for adding yardage to handicap without adding yardage to traps fields...

    Once a shooter earns yardage beyond the 27, move them up back up to the 25... but make them shoot standing on only 1 foot.

    MK
     
  12. chipking

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    Pat beat me to it. There are many who will tell you that in everything I do I am slightly unstable but that doesn't apply to my stance. There is a martial arts stance that has many names across many disciplines. Most make reference to heavy feet or earth strength but it is basically having the feet planted firmly on the ground normally shoulder width or slightly less and your body BALANCED so it can move in any direction. The same applies to Trap.

    --- Chip King ---
     
  13. sliverbulletexpress

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    I wouldn't call it unstable but if I put my feet closer together than what seems correct I shoot better especially on the hard rights and lefts. Seems my nature is to stand with my feet apart in a strong stance but it is harder to swing to the extremes. Also I've noticed people who have changed to a straight up stance seem to have more recoil movement than those who lean into the gun slightly.
     
  14. shannon391

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    I know great shooters that lock their knees out.
     
  15. Big Az Al

    Big Az Al Well-Known Member

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    When I stand in a door, toes angled out heels together my shoulders and toes touch the frame.

    So my question is

    What part of my feet need to be shoulders width a part?

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    With feet like mine whats in unstable stance?

    Al
     
  16. BDodd

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    Pat's close, unstable minds are REQUIRED!.....breakemall.....Bob Dodd
     
  17. DTrykow

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    I stand basically straight up when I shoot singles Trap. I find that stance is not good for doubles. I find myself a little off balance going to the second shot. Dave T.
     
  18. trapwife

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    Leo suggests a balanced stance, with your head as upright as possible, always use the hips to pivot to angles...works for him.
     
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